Parenting is not easy and we all need support. Becoming a parent can be the most wonderful yet challenging experience in our lives. A child does not arrive with a set of manualized instructions, yet I meet so many parents who think they should be natural and perfect at it.
My intention is to promote the sense of being a “good enough parent ” rather than the perfect one that we sometimes see on social media and in our thoughts. I hope to offer a safe space for you to come together, feel supported, trust your instincts, and learn some strategies you can take home and use straight away.
We’re all living in unusual and challenging times due to COVID-19. We are changing the shape of our lives and even how we work, I’ve had to, hence, I am very grateful I can still help to support you online.
For me, there has been a strong message about offering support, compassion, and community. With this intention, I will now be running all my workshops online. They will be live and hopefully lots of time for questions. If I am unable to respond to everything I will try to respond to them on my Facebook page. All the parenting workshops have finished for the Spring and Summer Term. I will post new ones for Autumn. I will also be offering another free online sleep workshop for all those who have missed it in the Autumn. If you would like to be notified, do join my newsletter.
Do contact me if you would like a bespoke workshop for your workplace or have a group of friends that would like a particular topic covered. I’ve offered workshops, for Clifton College, Stand NW, Newbury Racecourse Nursery, GE, Manor House Nursery, and Windmill Hill City Farm. These are some of the topics covered OCD, ASD, Self Harm, Tourettes, Managing, and Understanding Anxiety, Sleep relearning for parents who have children with Special Educational Needs, Managing Tantrums and Meltdowns, Positive Discipline, and more.
What is your Experience?
I am a parent and shared all the joys, up and downs from baby to adulthood. We survived all my mistakes to reach a place of compassion and deep connection. Combining motherhood with working hasn’t always been easy. However, the parents and children who let me into their lives during my 31 years in the NHS have been some of my greatest teachers. It was an honour and continues to be.
Up until two years ago, I worked in CAMHS with parents, and families with complex emotional and behavioural issues. In addition, I offered multi-agency consultation within my role as Specialist lead of children in Care and Adoption. I am also a trained facilitator in two evidenced based parenting courses, the Incredible Years and the Solihull Approach. My workshops integrate all my life experiences. I aim to offer a holistic approach that integrates compassion focussed strategies with simple neuroscience and attachment theory.
1I look forward to sharing with you in 2020, to be the parent you truly are!
- Small group size, easy to talk about intimate stuff, nice venue.
- A longer session, really like family rules, longer please/ Positive Discipline Workshop 2018
- Understanding Positiveness, handouts, enjoyed no Powerpoint Slides Toddler Workshop 2019)
- Catherine amazing and really knowledgeable ( Toddler Workshop 2019)
- Liked the Science bit, everyday practical solutions, cycle of accept, validate manage,.Anger and meltdowns.
- Nice Summary Sheet of take away messages, Anger and Meltdowns
- Practical strategies were really helpful as was the information about the brain and how to help my child understand this too ( Stop the Worry Cycle)
- Really like the physiological aspect of anxiety, understanding anxiety is normal, not to be scared of talking it through with my child. ( Stop the Worry Cycle)
- Would really like longer, so we could go through more practical sessions to put more into action, I would definitely come! ( Stop the Worry Cycle)
- I really liked the science bit and sharing with others ( Managing anger and Meltdowns)
- We definitely going to stick to house rules and keep going with your suggestions (Cool down, Managing Anger and Meltdowns)
- Really useful and thought-provoking thank you for explaining two types of tantrums I didn’t know.
What you can expect:
- A 1.5+++ hour one and two-part workshop ( sometimes less or more with employers or private gatherings)
- They are rooted in sound clinical evidenced-based practice and my experience as a mother. We have all survived the transition from baby to adulthood.
- Ideas about the topic and how to make them fit for you.
- A safe space to ask questions you might have.
- A chance to hear from other parents what they do in a non- judgemental and supportive setting;
- A hand out to keep and refer to in case you’ve forgotten what you’ve learned, with further help options.
- To reduce your anxiety and increase your confidence.
- A sense of achievement that you have made some progress and taken action to make life better for your family and for yourself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your commitment to the wellbeing of your child and your family and for your willingness to keep learning and growing. Remember: parenting is hard work and you all deserve support. Please share the gratitude and love by sharing and liking my Facebook Page and do contact me to hear about my workshops and consultations. With Love Catherine